Matthew Nearing Hurricane Strength

Tropical Storm Matthew is gaining strength in the eastern Caribbean Sea. As of 8 am Thursday, winds were up to 70 mph, just shy of the 74 mph necessary to be considered a Category 1 hurricane.

It was located about 300 miles south of San Juan Puerto Rico, moving west at 16 mph. Matthew will likely become a hurricane as it continues west through the Caribbean, eventually turning north toward Cuba, possibly as a Category 2 hurricane.

By Tuesday, Matthew should be over or near the Bahamas where its track then becomes a bit more uncertain. It could move out to sea from there or bend back toward the United States mainland. With possible impacts still a week or more away, there is still plenty of time to monitor this storm, but it is one that will need to be watched closely and carefully. Stay with Storm Team 3 for frequent updates.

 

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